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I took this picture infront of the Audience Chamber.

It is an old building, dating from the 15th century, and further decorated under Suleiman I. Here the sultan would sit on the canopied throne and personally receive the viziers, officials and foreign ambassadors who presented themselves.The viziers came here to present their individual reports to the sultan. Depending on their performance and reports, the sultan showed his pleasure by showering them with gifts and high offices, or in the worst case having them strangled by deaf-mute eunuchs.The chamber was thus a place that officials reporting to the sultan entered without knowing if they would leave it again alive.

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Additional Photos by ATILGAN CAVLI (cavli) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 0 N: 245] (1874)
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